Originally announced in August, the Steven Spielberg-produced Showtime adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome now has a writer. Deadline reports that Brian K. Vaughan, a name very well known to genre fans, has signed on to adapt the novel for television.
Vaughan launched his career as a comic book writer and is responsible for series like “Y: The Last Man”, “Ex Machina” and “Runaways”. He joined the writers of “LOST” midway through the third season, leaving at the end of season five and has, since, been shopping a number of original screenplays around Hollywood. He’s set to return to comics next year as well with a new ongoing series, “Saga”.
King’s book, meanwhile, revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.
Spielberg, King and DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider will executive produce along with DreamWorks TV chiefs Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.